Best AV Receivers Under $500

AV receivers are the heart of your home theater system, but you don’t have to break the bank getting one – it just depends on what you’re looking for.

The upgrade from the stereo sound to 5.1 surround sound from an AVR based system was one of the largest leaps you can take, in terms of AV fidelity. Crucially, even affordable entry-level AVRs now sport at least 7.1 sound, and often includes Dolby Atmos capability. These days, you can easily score a highly capable AV receiver for not a lot of money.

We’ve compiled the A/V receivers for under $500 that just might suit your needs, from a variety of different channel configurations to different wattage, down to stream-ability and different connectivity options.


Denon AVR-S750H

  • The Denon AVR-S750H-R is a 7.2 channel amplifier capable of 165W per channel and 4K signal output.
  • Enjoy easy setup with an on-screen assistant that walks you through connecting your TV, EQ settings, and optimization of your surround sound system with the Audyssey Suite.
  • Four buttons on the front help you store your preferred audio settings and allow you to quickly switch between them.
  • The Denon AVR-S750H easily pairs with HEOS speakers via Wifi, Airplay or Bluetooth for wireless listening.

The Denon AVR-S740H-R has earned 4.3 stars on Amazon across 624 ratings.


Denon AVR-X2500H

Sure, it’s been “superseded” by the AVR-X2600H, but the AVR-X2500H is more affordable and offers essentially the same features.

  • The Denon AVR-X2500H is a 7.2 channel amplifier capable 95W per channel and 4K signal output.
  • Additionally, amplifier also offers ultra wide 21:9 video, 3D picture quality, and advanced DSP Power Processing for superior response and immersive sound.
  • Enjoy easy setup with an on-screen assistant that walks you through connecting your TV, EQ settings, and optimization of your surround sound system with the Audyssey Suite.
  • The Denon AVR-X2500H offers integration with automation systems like Control4 SDPP, Josh.ai, Creston and other major third party control devices.

The Denon AVR-X2500H has very high online ratings including 4.4 stars on Amazon.


Denon AVR-X2600H (Factory Certified Refurbished)

You can get the Denon AVR-X2600H for under $500 as long as you’re willing to buy factory certified refurbished. Denon guarantees that this AVR will perform as new and backs it up with a one year warranty.

Features

  • 7.2-channel AV receiver with 95W power per channel
  • Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, and DTS Virtual:X
  • Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri voice control
  • 8 HDMI inputs with full HDCP 2.3 support, 2 HDMI outputs
  • 4K upscaling, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, 4:4:4 color resolution, and BT.2020
  • Award-winning Denon Setup Assistant and graphical user interface
  • HEOS built-in wireless multi-room music streaming technology
  • Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
  • Game Mode
  • Supports Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, Deezer, and more
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty (1 year)

This AVR enjoys a 4.5 star rating on Amazon


Denon AVR-X1600H 

Available on Amazon for under $500, this well-rounded AVR could be just the ticket for adding true home theater surroundsound to your system.

  • 7.2ch AV receiver with 80W power per channel
  • Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, and DTS Virtual:X
  • 6 HDMI inputs with full HDCP 2.3 support, 1 HDMI output
  • 4K/60Hz, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, 4:4:4 color resolution and BT.2020
  • Award-winning Denon Setup Assistant and graphical user interface
  • Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri voice control
  • HEOS built-in wireless multi-room music streaming technology
  • Smart TV connectivity
  • Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
  • Game Mode
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty (1 Year)

The Denon AVR-X1600H has 4.2 stars on Amazon across 36 ratings


Marantz NR1609

Available for $499 on Amazon, this AVR has a slim profile and offers 7.2-channel surround sound as well as support for 2 zones. It’s chock full of connectivity options and handles the latest 4K video formats.

  • The Marantz NR1609 is a 7.2 channel amplifier capable 50W per channel and 4K signal output.
  • Stream via services like Spotify, Tidal, Netflix, and Amazon Prime across multiple rooms with built in wireless Heos technology.
  • An advanced graphic user interface guides you through setup and connects all your audio sources to the receiver. 
  • The Marantz NR1609 allows for integration to systems such as Josh.ai or Control4.

The Marantz NR1609 has 4.2 stars on Amazon across 56 ratings


Sony STR-DH790

This TV receiver is available for almost impossibly low price on Amazon, yet it’s packed with all the features you need to get a great home theater experience.

  • The Sony STR-DH790 is a 7.2 channel amplifier capable 145W per channel and 4K signal output.
  • Built in Bluetooth lets you wirelessly stream from other Bluetooth devices, giving you the flexibility to use your home theater as you’d like.
  • With eARC technology, the Sony STR-DH790 can relay full-resolution sound.
  • Advanced Digital Cinema Audio Calibration allows the Sony STR-DH790 to assess your room and adjust your sound output accordingly.

The Sony STR-DH790 has 4.3 stars on Amazon across 145 ratings


Sony STR-DN1080 

  • The Sony STR-DN1080 is a 7.2 channel amplifier capable 165W per channel and 4K signal output.
  • Built in Bluetooth lets you wirelessly stream from other Bluetooth devices, as well as built-in Google Chromecast, Google Home, and AirPlay technologies.
  • With eARC technology, the Sony STR-DN1080 can relay full-resolution sound.
  • Advanced Digital Cinema Audio Calibration allows the Sony STR-DN1080 to assess your room and adjust your sound output accordingly.

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The Sony STR-DN1080 has 4.1 stars on Amazon across 60 ratings


Onkyo TX-RZ820

  • THX-Certified 130 W/Ch. (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 channels Driven, FTC) and 250 W/Ch. (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1 Channel Driven) from custom rz grade parts
  • 6 rear HDMI inputs/ main out/Sub out supporting Dolby vision, HDR10, and 4K/60p pass-through and HDCP 2.2 (front HDMI input Supports 4K/60 video at 4: 2: 0)
  • Dynamic Audio amplification, 5 hz-100 kHz frequency response, and VLSC on all channels. Ready for Chromecast built-in*2 and DTS Play-Fi*2
  • Supports 5.2.2-channel Dolby Atmos and DTS: x playback as well as Dolby surround and DTS: neural: x mixing for legacy soundtracks
  • Powered zone 2a/2b speaker outputs and zone 2/3 Pre-/line output with dedicated DAC supporting network, S/PDIF, HDMI, and analog Audio

The Onkyo TX-RZ820 has 4.4 stars on Amazon across 277 ratings


Pioneer VSX-LX303

  • Direct energy amplification at 100 W/Ch. (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2Ch Driven, FTC)/ 200 W/Ch. (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 10 %, 1Ch Driven)
  • Supports 5.2.4 and 7.2.2-Ch surround layouts for object-based soundtracks, or drive stereo speakers in zone 2 and zone 3 with a 5.2-Ch setup in the main room, or a 5.2.2-Ch layout with powered zone 2
  • Your Pioneer receiver can now be part of your existing Sonos Home Sound System, or the start of a new one. Instantly upgrade the music streaming capability of your home theater receiver with Sonos Connect and a free firmware update.
  • 4K Ultra HD pass-through with HDCP 2.2, Dolby vision compatible with HDR10, HLG and BT.2020 support (4K/60p/4: 4: 4/24-bit) and 1080p to 4K upscaling
  • Wireless multi-room audio options with Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi and FlareConnect
  • Make sure your home theater is perfectly dialed in with Elite’s MCCAC auto room tuning featuring Phase Control, Subwoofer EQ and Multi-point Standing Wave Control

The Pioneer VSX-LX303 has 4.4 stars on Amazon across 171 ratings


Pioneer VSX-934

  • The Pioneer VSX-934 is a 7.2 channel amplifier capable 160W per channel and 4K signal output.
  • Connect the VSX-934 to Sonos Connect to play music. The  VSX-934 will automatically turn on and switch input as soon as you play music on your Sonos app.
  • Wireless multi-room audio options with Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi and FlareConnect.
  • The VSX-934 is equipped with zone B Audio output terminals for expanding the main zone sound by connecting your wireless headphone dock. You can listen to the sound playing in the living room via wireless headphones.

The Pioneer VSX-934 has 3.8 stars on Amazon across 10 ratings


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